New steel beams could be installed on Madeira Terrace, Brighton, following the news that the local authority has applied for £50,000 in funding from the government’s coastal revival fund.

Council leader Warren Morgan wrote on the Terrace’s public Facebook group that funding is being sought in order to replace old steel beams in the structure that have become unstable.

In so doing, the canopy structure that runs along the terrace should be made safe – with benefits for the local homeless population, some of whom have been seen using it for shelter.

On November 4th, Mr Morgan posted an extract from the Major Projects report that is due to be filed with the Economic Development and Culture Committee on November 12th.

He added: “It is the preliminary step of the restoration process and whilst it does not detail our plans, I hope that it shows that a process, however slow, is underway.”

Readers commenting on the post pointed out that a large proportion of events that take place in Brighton use Madeira Terrace as their end point or finishing line.

As such, and combined with its importance as a source of shelter for local residents, restoring the canopy with new steel beams could have far-reaching benefits for the local community.

The Terrace is one example of such structures, which are common in many coastal resorts throughout England, including in the north on the Lancashire coast to the west and the Yorkshire coast to the east.

By maintaining the structural steel supporting these coastal canopies – and replacing corroded sections with new steel beams where necessary – local authorities can ensure they remain looking attractive and continue to serve their purpose for many years to come.

As with any coastal structural steel, this is particularly important in the presence of sea salt spray and exposure to other elements, which may have weakened steel that has been in place since Victorian times.